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Smoky Nectarine Punch

Serves 4 to 6
Time 30 min
The unexpected smokiness in this summer wine and fruit cocktail makes grilling the nectarines well worth it.
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves plus sprigs for garnish
  • 2 large or 3 medium nectarines halved and pitted, plus nectarine slices for garnish
  • 1 (750-ml) bottle sparkling wine such as Cava or Prosecco, chilled
  • Ice cubes for serving
Method

Prepare a grill or grill pan for medium-high heat cooking. Meanwhile, combine sugar, thyme leaves and 1/4 cup water in a small saucepan. Set over high heat and bring just to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Let cool to room temperature.

Grill nectarines, flipping halfway through, until charred in parts and soft and juicy, 8 to 10 minutes total. Let cool, then transfer to a large bowl.

Using a wooden spoon, mash nectarines until very juicy and pulpy. Add thyme syrup and about 1 cup of the wine and stir well, continuing to muddle solids until completely mashed. Strain mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into a large pitcher, pressing to extract as much liquid and nectarine pulp as possible; discard solids. Pour remaining wine into the pitcher and stir to combine. Fill 4 to 6 glasses with ice and pour in nectarine punch. Garnish with thyme sprigs and nectarine slices.

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  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves plus sprigs for garnish
  • 2 large or 3 medium nectarines halved and pitted, plus nectarine slices for garnish
  • 1 (750-ml) bottle sparkling wine such as Cava or Prosecco, chilled
  • Ice cubes for serving